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I am putting this first in today’s column not because it is a story you will report, but because it is vitally important to journalists.
Researchers usually wait until they have completed and published their studies before they release data. But sometimes, when the early findings are really important to make public, they release the preliminary results. This is such a study.
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and the University of Toronto interviewed 73 journalists from international news organizations in June and found:
70% suffer from some levels of psychological distress and responses suggest that 26% have clinically significant anxiety compatible with the diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder which includes symptoms of worry, feeling on edge, insomnia, poor concentration and fatigue.
Around 11% of respondents report prominent symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, which include recurrent intrusive thoughts and memories of a traumatic COVID-19-related event, a desire to avoid recollections of the event, and feelings of guilt, fear, anger, horror and shame.
The study said the people interviewed so far work at large, established newsrooms and have a lot of experience. Once researchers drill
Read more here: https://www.poynter.org/reporting-editing/2020/covid-19-is-hurting-journalists-mental-health-a-new-study-found/